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Old 03-20-2014, 09:30 PM   #11
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I have towed a 4,000lb TT with my 03 Tahoe, I used an equalizer 4 point sway WDH, it had the tow package, it did ok, but for my comfort zone and the distance we travel, up to 6 hours one way, my families safety was no. 1 priority, we traded the Tahoe for a 2500HD with a duramax. Needless to say we can pull just about anything now, this past January we upgraded to a fifth wheel. My wife was soooooooo mad at me for the truck and trailer as she LOVED her Tahoe, but last weekend our first trip out I think it's growing on her. My point is, yes a Tahoe will pull it, it will be just about maxed out with its abilities, and yes even with the best hitch we could buy we still felt the movement from being passed by 18 wheelers, the combination felt OK, only some white knuckle moments. Our new setup, can't even tell we are pulling anything, so much nicer, we spent a lot of money going about it completely backwards just offered my .02 worth hope it helps in your decision.
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Old 03-20-2014, 09:37 PM   #12
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don't convince yourself to settle for less. Get what you can afford the first time, even if that means a new tow vehicle. I, like many others, have spent lots of money upgrading to what we should have got in the first place.
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Old 03-21-2014, 09:54 AM   #13
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I had a 2007 suburban and was towing a 1996 19' TT. The numbers told me I had plenty of truck. Problem is, I live in Colorado. The mountain driving pretty much destroyed my Suburban in just 4 years (rear bearings and lost a cylinder). The number don't always tell the story
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Old 03-21-2014, 11:50 AM   #14
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I had a 2007 suburban and was towing a 1996 19' TT. The numbers told me I had plenty of truck. Problem is, I live in Colorado. The mountain driving pretty much destroyed my Suburban in just 4 years (rear bearings and lost a cylinder). The number don't always tell the story
I'm on that page now too. My 24' trailer (5100lb) is ok on normal roads but in the mini-mountains out East last year it was a bear with steep grades.

Even my 05 Suburban pulling a 3000lb popup showed signs of stress after 10,000km all across the Maritimes and Newfoundland a few years ago (so I traded it ...). Six speed trans in 09 helps a lot but SUV's are just not TT towing machines as I am learning.

I expect we will see a lot of new SUVs and half tons with diesel engines in the next year. The its time for me to trade.
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Old 03-21-2014, 12:08 PM   #15
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Something is wrong with those numbers (either the tow rating, or the TW rating). Everyone knows you need 10% MIN on the ball. With 7100lbs MAX tow rating (if that is correct), TW rating should be at least 710 lbs...not 600!

I suspect that the 600 lbs is the max TW in "weight-carrying" mode (without a WDH). There is likely another rating when a WDH is used.

If the 600 lbs is the true MAX TW rating (with WDH), then the max trailer weight can't be 7100lbs. It would be much less. If it's only 6000 lbs, that is not going to leave you with much capacity for any passengers in the truck.

That said, my 7000 lb rated Mountaineer has a shorter wheelbase than a Tahoe. With a 10k lb Equal-i-zer and Prodigy brake controller, it tows our 5200 lbs (loaded) 27' hybrid bunkhouse very securely and comfortably.
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Old 03-21-2014, 12:38 PM   #16
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Something is wrong with those numbers (either the tow rating, or the TW rating). Everyone knows you need 10% MIN on the ball. With 7100lbs MAX tow rating (if that is correct), TW rating should be at least 710 lbs...not 600!

I suspect that the 600 lbs is the max TW in "weight-carrying" mode (without a WDH). There is likely another rating when a WDH is used.
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My bumper sticker is 5000lb trailer 600lb hitch for weight carrying,
10000lb trailer and 1000lb weight distributing. The Tahoe should be similar depending on the hitch assembly.

Note those numbers are for the hitch assembly, the truck build determines what the actual max tow weight and other axle loadings are for that vehicle.
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Old 03-21-2014, 01:57 PM   #17
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Yes you all are right, its 1000/10,000 with a Weight distributor.
I am still trying to figure out all these numbers.
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Old 03-21-2014, 03:09 PM   #18
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Yes you all are right, its 1000/10,000 with a Weight distributor.
I am still trying to figure out all these numbers.
The best source for your specific vehicle is to go to a GM dealer and have them run the VIN to get the build sheet for your SUV.

It will have the tow ratings, axle ratings, axle ratio, and towing packages installed listed. That's the starting point. Tow guides have some typical numbers but they may not match the build for your vehicle, especially the towing options installed.
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Old 03-21-2014, 03:45 PM   #19
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You need to do alot more research to understand what your vehicle can and cannot tow. As everyone has said take everything into consideration. I was a bit leary of trying to tow what I have with my Yukon, but I have not noticed any issues. With that said I am under my vehicles ratings and have everything setup well. The wheel base would not concern me if you distribute the load correctly. I have towed trailers for years with SUV's with great success, however this is the closest I have ever come to being max loaded...Tread gently!!!
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